As our states rebuild in the aftermath of Sandy, and as we look for the best way to create jobs and economic growth while also addressing long-term deficits, we must make a National Infrastructure Bank a priority. Doing so will require a creative vision and a willingness to think outside the box. It will not be easy, but it must be done if we are to build a stronger America.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is a member of the Appropriations Committee and is sponsor of legislation (HR 402) to create a national infrastructure development bank. Felix Rohatyn is former chairman of New York’s Municipal Assistance Corp. and co-chairs the NY Works Task Force and the NYS 2100 Commission.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.